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LEADERS TOMORROW.

Team IMPACT connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. Through Team IMPACT, a child battling illness becomes an official (non-playing) member of a college athletic team, attending practices, games, team dinners and more. After two years with the team, the child graduates from the program with demonstrated improvements in their optimism, confidence and sense of belonging. Parents and siblings gain a community of support and a distraction from medical realities, and student athletes gain invaluable inspiration and perspective that will be carried with them long after graduation.

 

Gaven / Syracuse University Men's Lacrosse

WHAT WE DOProvide a community of support that changes lives

Children with chronic or life-threatening illness are repeatedly exposed to trauma. By providing the foundation for children to build safe and supportive relationships, Team IMPACT provides an empowering and future-oriented program to promote healthy social and emotional development.

THE PLAY BY PLAY

OUTREACH & MATCHING

Not just making any match. Making the perfect match!

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

Clinically-informed support ensures that everyone wins.

MAKING AN IMPACT

Therapeutic outcomes are achieved in a non-therapeutic setting.

ATTAINING INDEPENDENCE

Graduating from the program with a sense of empowerment, normalization, health promotion, and resilience.

Up next: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

The solidarity of a group provides the strongest protection against despair and the strongest antidote to traumatic experience. Trauma isolates; the group re-creates a sense of belonging.

Judith Herman MD / Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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